|Country Of origin:||Switzerland|
The Cappella Gabetta is a family affair, consisting of cellist Sol Gabetta and her brother, Baroque violinist Andrés Gabetta, with the latter serving as concertmaster of the small ensembles they recruit together. The concept is unique, but natural, for it is easy to make the cello play a major role in Baroque vocal compositions: it may take on the role of active continuo contributor if no prominent solo part is at hand.
Cappella Gabetta was formed in December 2010. By that time, Sol Gabetta had already established a reputation as a cellist of unusual versatility, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Shostakovich. Andrés Gabetta was a noted violinist who had worked with Baroque cellist and ensemble leader Christophe Coin. Cappella Gabetta has appeared at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Musikhalle in Hamburg, among other top halls. It has also made various festival appearances.
The heart of the Cappella's enterprises lies in its collaborations with other artists, and this has been especially notable on recordings. It has released three albums, and the last two included high-profile sopranos in Baroque repertory: Vivica Genaux joined the Cappella Gabetta for an album of arias by Handel and Hasse, and, in 2017, Cecilia Bartoli appeared on Dolce Duello. From its beginnings, the Cappella attracted major-label interest unusual for an ensemble that programmed Baroque music of a fairly obscure type, often including world premieres. The group's first two albums appeared on Sony Classical, and Dolce Duello appeared on Decca.
In addition to Christophe Coin, the artists who have joined the Cappella Gabetta in concert have included soprano Nuria Rial, trumpet virtuoso Gabor Boldoczki, violinist Giuliano Carmignola, and Baroque recorder player Maurice Steger. Plans at this writing include tours with countertenors Valer Sabadus and Franco Fagioli, mandolin player Avi Avital, and sopranos Sunhae Im and Julia Lezhneva. ~ James Manheim~ Rovi